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Women spared from poll panel scrutiny

india Updated: Jan 17, 2012 20:04 IST

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There is some relief for the women! The Election Commission has decided to spare women from being checked by the flying squads and static surveillance team deputed to keep a watch on movement of the illegal money during the elections.

Also, if a person is carrying cash for medical treatment or marriage purpose, it would not be seized. All a person has to do is to submit a declaration along with the proof of medical treatment. As marriage proof, a person will have to submit declaration along with documents like marriage invitation or booking of the kalyan mandap etc.

If a person had any grievance over the seizure, he may appeal to the appellate authority including SD/ADM- in-charge of the expenditure monitoring cell or the joint commissioner income tax for the redressal of grievance, said joint election commissioner Anita C Meshram.

Talking to the journalists, she said, “the members of the flying squads and static surveillance teams have been directed to be polite, decent and courteous while carrying out checking.”

Meshram said, “the election commission has passed new directives regarding its drive against use of black money in the election”.

According to them, if criminality is suspected or if any links with any candidate or political party is suspected that the cash might be used for bribing the voters, then the whole amount will be seized. If no criminality was suspected nor any link with any candidate or political party was suspected and the cash was up to Rs 2.5 lakh, then no seizure will be made.


If the cash found was above Rs 2.5 lakh with no link to any candidate or political party and no criminality is suspected , then the income tax authorities shall be involved in all such cases before the release of the cash. The person carrying the cash will have to submit a declaration before the release of the cash.
Cash will be not seized if a person was carrying it from the business place to the bank. He will have to submit the documents including PAN, business registration certificate and passbook and cash book to show regular cash deposits.

Rs 28.53 cr seized in UP so far: EC

Lucknow: Unaccounted money continue to flow in Uttar Pradesh during this pre-poll season as Rs 28.53 crore have so far been seized from different parts of the state, a senior Election Commission official said on Monday. “The surveillance teams and flying squads on Monday recovered Rs 27 lakh. With this, the total recovery in the state so far is Rs 28.53 crore,” additional chief electoral officer Anita Meshram told reporters.